Despicable Me (2010)

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One would think a movie about competition between supervillains would not be such a good subject for a family movie, but in this fun movie, the antics that our villainous hero(?), Gru (Steve Carell), goes through to one up on his younger, although much nerdier competitor, Vector (Jason Segel), leaves you with some good questions about his character, but it all comes out great in the end.

We open with a tour group in Egypt, going to look at the Pyramids, and a curious little boy gets to close, and one of the pyramids deflates! It turns out that one of the pyramids has been stolen, and the rubbery model was set up to keep questioning at a minimum. Gru feels his days as a supervillain are waning after this huge heist, and he needs to find something bigger to take on. He meets with three little girls who are selling cookies at his home, but he sends them away, and continues on with his nasty plans. He, his tech assistant, Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), and multitudes of little yellow, tater-tot shaped minions plan the biggest heist ever. Gru is going to steal the Moon. After being turned down by the Bank of Evil for a new loan to fund this project, he goes to prove to the bank president that the plan will work. The main part of this plan involves stealing an experimental shrink-ray from some government facility on an island in the Pacific Rim. Right after the testing of this ray, Gru manages to get the shrink ray, but has Vector hot on his trail to steal the ray from him.

After spying on Vector’s home, and failing at many attempts to break into it, he sees the three cookie-selling girls go right on in, and devises a new plan to get in. The three girls are the intelligent Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), the tough Edith (Dana Gaier), and the adorably cute Agnes (Elsie Fisher), and they stay at a local orphanage for girls. After charming Miss Hattie (Kristen Wiig) into letting him adopt them, things take a completely different turn for Gru.

This is a fun for everyone movie that just gets better and better as you watch it. The girls are heart-warming, the supervillains are just silly, and the little yellow minions steal the show. Even Gru’s mother (Julie Andrews) makes us laugh, with her apathetic mood towards her sons dreams of being an astronaut, or at least getting to the moon in some fashion. Despicable Me is non-stop fun, and one of the best family movies of 2010. It should not be missed, by anyone.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★★★